[tpm] OT: Buying via ebay.ca from a seller in the U.S.

Alex Beamish talexb at gmail.com
Tue Aug 5 13:36:16 PDT 2014

Thanks for all of your feed-back .. for whatever reason, Best Buy suddenly
had the printer that I wanted on sale, at a $60 discount, making it much
more attractive to buy new locally. I much prefer that than to risk buying
something through kijiji (ugh) or making a shopping trip to the U.S.A. I've
ordered the printer and it's due to arrive via Canada Post this week.



On Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM, <arocker at vex.net> wrote:

> >
> > If I buy something from the U.S., am I liable for duty? I'm not in the
> > habit of buying used stuff through the Internet, so I don't know what to
> > expect.
> >
> As Olaf and Liam have pointed out, yes you are.
> It's often worth checking categories of duties, because some items might
> fall into more than one category. In that case, finding the cheapest
> designation that can be justified with reasonable creativity, and making
> sure that the shipper quotes it on the description, can be worth while.
> (Otherwise you're at the discretion of the Customs creature, and guess how
> that'll swing.)
> There's also a matter of getting things serviced or warrantied. Some firms
> consider cross-border buying "grey-market" or worse

Alex Beamish
Toronto, Ontario
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